This week we are continuing our Ethics in Journalism series.  On Tuesday we will welcome the online journalist and founder of Matt Rooney – see listings below for details.  Coming up soon and not to be missed:  Harry Potter Drawing Workshop for teens with comic book artist Doug Barron!  Register online or call the library at 973-635-0603.


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Storytime is an 8-week, progressive program for preschoolers and their caregivers.

Registration required

24 months and younger – 9:45 am

4 to 6 years – 10:15 am

2 to 3 years – 11 am


Library Cinema for Kids: Incredibles 2 – 2 pm

All Ages

Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in Incredibles 2 – but this time Helen is in the spotlight, leaving Bob at home with Violet and Dash to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life.  When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.  Bring a mat or a pillow to get comfortable.  We’ll provide the popcorn.


Chess for Kids

Mondays, January 14 through February 18

Registration required

Players must be able to attend all 6 classes

Group 1 – 4 to 4:45 pm

Players with little or no experience with chess

Suggested ages 6 to 8            Limit:  12 children

Group 2 – 5 to 5:45 pm

Players who can finish a game with checkmate

Suggested ages 8 to 10          Limit:  16 children

Robert Lieberman, a USCF Certified Coach, leads this series of classes.




Registration required

24 months and younger – 10 am

2 to 3 years – 10:30 am


Ethics in Journalism

Fake News Is Old News with Matt Rooney – 7 pm

Matt Rooney is a 34-year-old New Jersey attorney and the founder of, the state's largest online conservative news source.  A regular panelist for “Chasing News with Bill Spadea” on My9/Fox5 /Fox29 and frequent guest on regional television and radio programs, Matt was recently named one of “The 100 Most Powerful People in New Jersey Politics" for 2018 by New Jersey Globe.  In this interactive talk, Rooney will explore the controversial “fake news” phenomenon from the perspective of a social media commentator.  Rooney's analysis will include an in-depth look at the establishment media's under-discussed role in bringing about the demise of its own credibility, the corresponding ascent of new media sources (like Save Jersey), and the rise of fake news amid the conflict.



Homework Helpers – 3:30 to 5 pm

Grades K – 5               Limit:  6 children per session

Registration required

Two Chatham High School students will provide homework help for children in grades K to 5.  All subjects welcome!


Make a No-Sew Pokémon Drifloon with Miss Polly

Wednesdays, January 23 & 30 - 4 to 5 pm

Ages 5 & Up               Limit:  8 children

Registration required

Make an exciting no-sew Drifloon to add to your Pokémon collection in this two-week class!



Bob Conrad Magic and Puppets – 10 or 10:45 am

A fun, funny puppet and magic show perfect for preschoolers!


ESL:  English as a Second Language – 1:30 to 2:30 pm

Thursdays, January 3 through February 21

For those wanting to improve their English language skills, we are continuing our next cycle of ESL classes.  The program is conducted by LEARN Associates and volunteer tutors for 8 weeks.  Students are divided into small groups by skill level.  Books and other learning materials are provided.  The program is free – all you need is a commitment to learn!  There are still a few spots available – register online, in person, or call 973‑635‑0603.


Cinema214: The Hate U Give (PG-13, 133 min.) – 7 pm

Starr Carter is constantly switching between two worlds: the poor, mostly black, neighborhood where she lives and the rich, mostly white, prep school she attends.  The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  Now, facing pressures from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what’s right.  Refreshments will be served.  Sponsored by Friends of the Library



Video Game Club – 3 to 4:45 pm

Grades 6 to 12

Stop by to play Super Smash Bros. on the big screen!



Drop-In Storytime – 11 am

For children of all ages.  No registration required.


Home for Good Dog Rescue – 2 to 4 pm

A representative from Home for Good Dog Rescue in Berkeley Heights will talk about the work of this organization that has rescued over 6,500 dogs in eight years from high kill shelters.  The goal is to socialize, nurture, and provide life-saving medical care for these dogs so they can be fostered in families and finally adopted into loving homes—giving them a second chance at life.  Join us and meet several current fosters and their dogs.



Legopalooza! – 2:30 to 4 pm

For children of all ages

Build your own LEGO creation from our enormous collection of LEGOs.  All creations will be put on display in the Children’s Room.